For weeks, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel has been popularly referred to as Batman vs. Superman. But despite what it has been called both on this blog and on other sites, Warner hasn’t officially announced a title for the upcoming Superman sequel that stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck
Well, that might be about to change. According to Fusible, Warner has registered several domain names through an Internet brand protection company, MarkMonitor, that may hint at possible titles for the upcoming film.
They include: Man of Steel Battle the Knight, Man of Steel Beyond Darkness, Man of Steel Black of Knight, Man of Steel Darkness Falls, Man of Steel Knight Falls, Man of Steel Shadow of the Night, Man of Steel The Blackest Hour, and Man of Steel The Darkness Within.
I imagine anything with Knight in the title is not going to happen for, er, obvious reasons. And some of these are downright silly – Man of Steel Black of Knight – oh, puleeze.
Darkness Within has a nice ring to it, but for now, I’ll continue to refer to the sequel as Batman vs. Superman.
What do you think of the possible titles? Let us know in the comments.
In honour of Superman’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm have teamed up to bring us the animated history of the character in just over two minutes.
The fantastic video takes us through all of Big Blue’s highlights from his humble beginnings in Action Comics #1, to TV’s Smallville and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come. There are also nods to the black Kryptonian suit, Christopher Reeve, the 1978 comic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, 1992′s Death of Superman comic book storyline, the ’70s-era Super Friends and current Man of Steel, Henry Cavill.
All of Superman’s foes make an appearance, but strangely, unless I missed it, the clip skips 2006′s Superman Returns.
Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Marvel’s Mightiest Avenger just dropped the hammer on DC Comics.
While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming racing drama Rush, Chris Hemsworth was asked by Jake Hamilton (via CBM) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.
“We’re just winning aren’t we?” said Hemsworth. “That’s not really a rivalry.”
When Hamilton told the Thor star that last summer’s Avengers trumped The Dark Knight Rises at the box office, Hemsworth took another dig adding, “Did we? Good.”
He became more measured as he continued: “Look you can’t not be excited about your film being part of something that does that well, but it all kind of benefits each other. If one film opens big, then most likely people want to come back to the movies and see something else. So it all feeds into each other.”
Still Hemsworth did raise an uncomfortable point for DC fans. So far, when it comes to dollars and cents, Marvel owns the comic book movie box office. Seven of the 10 highest grossing films are Marvel, with The Avengers sitting in first place.
This summer’s Man of Steel just managed to squeak into the top 10, and outside of Batman and Superman, DC doesn’t have another comic book property that has been a hit on the big screen.
That all might change with Man of Steel 2, and Justice League, but right now, Hemsworth is right. It isn’t a rivalry, Marvel is just winning.
Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments below.
That Justin Bieber kid has a real sense of humour. But he might have, just for a second, made every comic book fan issue a huge groan with his latest Instagram photo.
The pop singer posted a photo of himself with Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer’s script to Batman vs. Superman with the hashtag #Robin.
It should be noted that the sequel to Man of Steel does not yet have a title, but it has been speculated that the film will be titled, Batman vs. Superman and take some of its dramatic cues from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. A girl version of Robin appeared in that comic, but Carrie Kelley did sport Biebs-like hair, so maybe producers are on to something.
But don’t worry. I think it’s all a hoax. Hours before the Instagram post, Bieber was on Twitter hinting something funny was up.
Man of Steel 2, with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, starts shooting early next year and will be released July 17, 2015.
So what would you think if Bieber gets a role in Man of Steel 2? Would he surprise everyone with his acting range (not likely), or would it mean this movie is destined to fail? Let us know in the comments.
Some people pointed to a prophetic scene from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (in which Affleck pokes fun of his own acting) as a sign his turn as Batman is doomed to failure.
During an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Warner Bros. announced that the next Superman film will also feature Batman, and during his appearance, Snyder had Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix read a passage from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
“I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter,” Snyder said. “Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter had indicated that Josh Brolin was a front-runner for the part. Since then, there have been rumours that Christian Bale had been offered $60 million to reprise the role from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Other names floated as possibilities to become the Caped Crusader included: Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen).
Batman won’t serve as Affleck’s initiation into the comic book universe. He previously played Marvel’s Daredevil in a much-maligned adaptation in 2003. It was a franchise-killing performance of Clooney-Batman proportions. But hey, a decade later Affleck has another Oscar so he has certainly upped his game. When you think about it, he hasn’t really made a bad movie since 2004′s Surviving Christmas, and his last few – Argo, The Town and To the Wonder – have been very good.
And don’t forget – George Clooney bounced back from the debacle that was Batman & Robin, so there’s nothing to say that Affleck can’t leave the mess of Daredevil behind him as well.
Snyder’s Superman/Batman film hits theatres in 2015, alongside The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator 5, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Independence Day 2. That’s a lotta competition for your popcorn munchies.
Let us know what you think of the new choice for Batman. You can also check out this fan-made trailer that combined Affleck’s DD and Bale’s Dark Knight in one unrealized film – Batman vs. Daredevil.